Grammie’s Make-ahead Barbecue is an easy, kid-approved meal that’s even better the next day. Easy to freeze, and it comes together in no time.
Hey, friends! I’ve got an easy weeknight recipe to add to your rotation. And this is the epitome of easy — some of the ingredients are measured in squirts and shakes, so really no way to go wrong here!
My children want me to serve them a full dinner about 30 seconds after we hit the door, so I make a lot of our dinners the night before. A lot of recipes are workable when made ahead — maybe not as wowza as they would be in the moment — but they get the job done. But this recipe is better the next day. So make ahead moms rejoice!
A few squirts and shakes and dinner is done …
Start with 2 lbs. Of ground beef along with brown sugar, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, a can of tomato soup and diced/grated/chopped onion ~ whatever onion you’ve got will work on this one. I usually dice an onion or two at once and then just freeze them in portions so they’re ready to go when I am. First, brown up your ground beef and onion and give it a drain …
Next add in your brown sugar, can of soup, squirts of mustard and shakes of worcestershire. No special layering or anything, just toss ‘em in.
Mix it all up and let it bubble until it’s the thickness you want — for me this was 10 minutes. Easy, peasy, done! Serve it now or save it for tomorrow ~ totally up to you!
This recipe makes more than we can eat in a meal or two, so I popped half in the freezer for a quick meal down the road. If your family is a little bigger and you need to stretch the ground beef, add in a cup or two of cooked rice or quinoa at the end as an easy and cheap way to stretch your meat a little farther.
How did this recipe work for you? Tell me in the comments!
- 2 lbs. ground beef
- 1 cup of brown sugar
- 1 can tomato soup
- Grated onion
- Brown your ground beef and drain off the fat
- Pour in 1 cup of brown sugar, grated onion, and a few shakes each of mustard and Worcestershire sauce.
- Let it bubble and simmer until thick (about 10 minutes)
- You can serve this immediately, or it's even better the next day, so feel free to make it up ahead of time.